We are using a Python script for running sfdisk creating partitions on our Linux. The code is as below:

        (lambda x:(x.stdin,x.stdout))\

    print "Writing\n%s"%(t,)

/ 100MB (hda1)
/mnt/system 175MB (hda2)
/mnt/configuration 25MB (hda5)
/mnt/logs 100MB (hda6)
/mnt/user 88MB (hda7)

After running this command I am seeing that the explanation is correct and for example systm has 175 MB. What I don't understand is how the size 95 is mapped to 100 Megabyte, 160 to 175, 20 to 25 and so on.

The other question is if I want to increase the size of system to 210 megabyte then what is correct number to write in the command?


Note, you have a slightly out-of-date sfdisk command, as since 2015 version 2.26 it no longer accepts -uM, which is used to set the default "unit".

The difference you are seeing is due to whether numbers are given in MB i.e. Megabytes (1000*1000) or MiB i.e. Mebibytes (1024*1024). 100MB is approximately 95MiB.

If you want to future proof your code against a newer sfdisk you should remove the -uM and assume sizes are in sectors of 512 bytes. The newer version allows you to give numbers with a suffix like MiB.

210MB can be calculated as:

echo '210*1000*1000/1024/1024' | bc

about 200MiB.

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